While I was really planning a curfew on whisky reviews this week in preparations for Feis Ile 2018, today my social media feed is full of pictures of friends celebrating the Campbeltown Malts Festival, so damn this self-inflicted reviews break – I’m gonna break the break 😀
And what’s more befitting than a Springbank whisky review to celebrate Campbeltown Malts Festival? Let’s review this Longrow 2007 9 Year Old matured in Fresh Sauternes Hogsheads for Springbank Society. It was distilled 11/2007 and bottled 10/2017 (so one month short of being a 10 Year Old whisky). 1134 bottles were produced at 56.3%.
Longrow 2007 9 Year Old Sauternes for Springbank Society (56.3%)
Nose: Sweet white wine, then gentle peat smoke, a touch of greenery, dry champagne, pears, green grapes peels, green mango, honey, toffee, refreshing. After a while, peaches, fudge, rich and heavy.
Palate: Sweet apple and grapes, peaches, peat smoke, dirty and a bit farmy, oak tannins, a bit of white pepper and oak spices, rich and full bodied.
Finish: Long, semi dry white wine, Campbeltown peat dirtyness, sweet grapes and lingering smoke.
Thoughts: A killer Longrow! Heavy Sauternes impact bringing sweet notes but the Longrow peat keeps it in check. Full of Sweet grapes and green refreshing flavors yet keeping it rich and heavy on the palate. It’s a lovely bottling and my regards to the people celebrating in Campbeltown.